Teams Updates Focused on the new “Remote Everything” reality of our near future

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Teams Updates Focused on the new “Remote Everything” reality of our near future

With the global impact of COVID-19, the future of technology, schools, work, just about everything is being reshaped and reimagined. Whenever possible, everything is moving to being solely available remotely.

With this in mind, Microsoft have released some new updates to Teams. Here are some of the updates that we thought were the most exciting, and most relevant to our customers and blog readers!

 

Together Mode

Recent research conducted by Microsoft, “has shown that many of us feel less connected since moving to remote work, and experience more fatigue during video meetings than during in-person collaboration.” To address this, they’ve announced Together Mode in Teams.

This is a brand new meeting experience that digitally places participants in a shared background using AI segmentation technology, allowing you to focus on the people, not the backgrounds.

This feature is currently rolling out, and will be fully available in August.

 

Dynamic View

Rather than sticking to the limited view options Teams had previously, Dynamic View gives you the power to control how you see shared content and other participants.

Microsoft Teams Dynamic View

 

This also includes a large gallery view for those larger meetings, where you can view up to 49 participants all at once.

Microsoft Teams Dynamic View

 

Additionally, Teams has introduced Virtual Breakout Rooms where meeting organizers can split up meeting participants into smaller groups for smaller discussions, brainstorming sessions, etc.

 

Interactive Meetings for 1,000 Participants

Teams meetings are now growing to allow capabilities for Interactive Meetings (think: ability to unmute, chat, turn on videos, etc.) for up to 1,000 participants. If you want to include more people for a view-only meeting, Teams will soon support up to 20,000 participants.

 

Tasks App

This is a new app in Teams that will be rolling out this month. It provides a unified new view of tasks across multiple Microsoft Applications, including Microsoft To Do, Planner, and Outlook Smart Lists. Now, you can view all of your tasks in one place in a format that is both organised and collaborative.

Microsoft Teams Tasks App

This is available both on desktop and mobile

 

Suggested Replies

This new feature uses AI to recommend replies that you can select with the click of a button. Now you can reply more quickly and efficiently.  At first it might feel odd, but we recommend giving it a try! It’ll soon be your favorite feature.

Microsoft Teams Suggested Replies

 

This feature will roll out next month.

 

Cortana in Teams

Have you ever dreamed of being able to use Voice Assistance with Microsoft Teams? Soon, your dreams will come true!

Soon, you’ll be able to ask Cortana to make a call, join a meeting, send a chat message, share files, and so much more. Perfect for when you have your hands full. Watch this video to see how it works:

Microsoft Teams Capabilities

This experience is available to those using Cortana Enterprise-Grade services. This feature will be available in the Teams Mobile app on iOS and Android in the coming weeks for English.

To see the full update announcement from Microsoft, click here.

 

Final Thoughts

Now, more than ever, is the time to commit to digital transformation. We’re so happy to be partners with an incredible company like Microsoft that understands the ever shifting needs of the technological environment and updates accordingly.

If you need help with digital transformation, whether it be enabling and taking full advantage of Microsoft Teams, or any other Microsoft product, please contact us.